Olympics-Hospitalisations during Tokyo 2020 Games higher than initially reported, say organisers By Reuters
TOKYO (Reuters) – A total of 25 people were hospitalised due to COVID-19 during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, instead of the initially reported five, organisers said on Tuesday evening.
Toshiro Muto, Tokyo 2020’s CEO explained that the initial five figures were for foreign residents hospitalized.
Toshiro Muto explained, “We released these figures to gauge the burden that people from abroad would have on our medical system.”
There are 25 reported cases, including those of Japanese nationals and foreign visitors who were released from quarantine.
Masa Takaya, spokesperson for the new figure said that “this figure provides a better overview of the situation.”
The reason why hospitalisations numbers weren’t released sooner was not explained.
Tokyo 2020 Games, which had been delayed for many years, opened on July 21st while capital was in a state emergency due to the spreading of COVID-19.
This mega-event differed from other Olympic Games in that it was mostly held without spectators. All participants were required to wear masks and minimize contact with others, just like the Olympic Games.
Tokyo, the Games’ host city saw the largest increase in infections. Japan experienced a record-breaking 25,000 infections per day in late August.
NHK reported that 863 cases were confirmed during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. However, the number of infections within the “bubble”, which included more than 50,000 Olympic participants and visitors, remained relatively low in comparison to national statistics.
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